Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner hit 60 points tonight against the Buffalo Sabres, and as Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston points out, all but guarantees that Marner hits all his Schedule A bonuses to collect an additional $850K.
The CBA allows for two types of ELC bonuses, creatively called Individual “A” and “B” bonuses. “A” Bonuses are capped at an aggregate total of $850K, and “B” bonuses are capped at an aggregate total of $2MM. Thus, a player could theoretically earn up to $3.77MM in base salary and bonuses. Marner was given no Schedule B bonuses, but is eligible to obtain the max Schedule A bonuses.
Schedule A bonus thresholds are defined in the CBA as:
- Ice Time: Top 6 Forward / Top 4 Defenseman
- Goals: 20 FW / 10 D
- Assists: 35 FW / 25 D
- Points: 60 FW/ 40 D
- PPG: .73 FW / .49 D
- Plus/Minus: Top 3
- Blocked Shots: Top 2 (D only)
- Making All-Star game
- Voted ASG MVP
- Voted to NHL All-Rookie team
After tonight’s game against the Sabres, Marner has achieved four categories: Ice Time (4th), Assists (41), Points (60), and PPG (.83). Given that most teams award $212,500 per category, it’s almost assured that Marner has earned the max money available for Schedule A Bonuses.